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  • Mexican, Nuevo Latino
  • 179 Avenue B, New York NY10009 40.727604 -73.979097
  • (Btwn 11th & 12th St)
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  • (212) 529-6490
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User Ratings (Based on 67 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 2.9
Service 3.3 Atmosphere 3.6

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 529-6490
(212) 535-7984
(212) 529-3617
Place Order:
Order From Mercadito for delivery & takeout
Major Credit Cards
Sun-Mon: 5pm-11pm Tue-Thu: 5pm-12am Fri-Sat: 5pm-1am Brunch Sat-Sun: 12pm-4pm
Brunch, Dinner
Accepts Credit Cards, Delivery, Good for Groups, Late Night, Online Ordering, Outdoor Seating, Prix Fix Menus, Take Out, Tasting Menu
Min Delivery:
Delivery Area:
Houston to 23rd St; 3rd Ave to Ave D

User Reviews

  • Mercadito

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/15/2006

    Fantastic, Amazing, Delicious!

    We LOVE Mercadito! The tacos were to die for, along with delicious chips and guacamole! I am ready to go back over and over again. The atmosphere was very cool and the portions were perfect. Mercadito is no doubt one of my new NYC favorites!

  • Mercadito

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/13/2006

    Slow, cramped, pricey, small portions

    Very pricey for what you get - small dishes, little atmosphere, slow service. But for NY's lack of upscale Tacquiras and people that don't care about prices, this place would have been shuttered. Wouldn't last five minutes in California. Fashion models could complain about the portions being too small. If you do go, order the guacamole, it will will you up while you wait interminably for your dishes and insure that your date doesn't ask you to grab a slice of pizza after you leave.

  • Mercadito

    Posted by Luigi NYC on 04/21/2006

    Small Plates?

    Had dinner their for the first (and last) time this past this past week......seated at 7:00pm....did not get food until 7:50PM.....told waiter that we had a show at 8:00PM......almost 1 hour for a salad and three itsy-bitsy ravioli-sized tacos? waiter kept telling us that he was telling kitchen to hurry it up...pricey food & drinks and food was nothing more than mediocre at best....waiter seemed to be trying his best but. come on.....1 hour for a cold salad?....all that just to sit on a noisy sidewalk in west village?.....will never go back, as simple as that!

  • Mercadito

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/24/2006

    Tasty, Tight and Expensive

    My boyfriend and I had a very good and filling meal. The guacomole sampler was well worth it but too easy to fill up on chips..maybe better for a bigger party. We had two taco dishes which were very small yet very tasty and one quesadilla which was almost like an empanada..again, small but very good. With 3 margarittal's (the watermellon was very good)..our total was $115. The atmospher was slightly claustophobic. Our waiter was constantly interrupted by people coming in and out with barely enough room to squeeze by. We were seated by another 2 top that was blocked in by our table. In order for them to use the restroom we had to stand up, find a place to squeeze out of the way and let them pass by. The waiter had to reach across our table to serve them. He was very attentive and friendly, and did a very good job under such tight circumstances. Overall, the food was very good but I breathed a slight sigh of relief when we walked out the door into the fresh air.

  • Mercadito

    Posted by Big E on 02/26/2006

    Great Mexican Tapas in the East Village!

    You are in for a real treat - great food, attentive service, and excellent margaritas in a small but charming East Village spot. This is a tapas restaurant. It says it on the menu and the servers explain it to you as soon as you sit down so I'm surprised by how many people on this site complain about the portion sizes. If you follow the servers' recommendations and order several dishes to share with your table you're in for some intense flavors from both the food and drinks. When we had to wait 15 minutes for our reservation on a busy Saturday night they offered up a free round of drinks and a trio guacamole appetizer at the bar. This is not a burrito place. Those looking for something a bit more creative are sure to enjoy.

  • Mercadito

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/18/2005

    Don't buy into the hype

    Went back to mercadito after not having the best first experience bc other friends of mine continued to rave about it... lesson learned: trust your first impression... the service was slow (we sat down for dinner for 2 people @ 6:30 pm on a sunday and did not get our entrees until after 8:00pm), the dishes were uninspired... for starters, the guacamole is just average at best - not a good sign for this guac lover... they only bring you salsa if you ask for it & the salsa really isn't worth asking for... the ceviche (mahi mahi) was described by our waiter as "very spicy" - it was actually sweet with an orange or pineapple flavor... the margaritas are not worth the $9.50-$11.50 price... for the mains, the quesadilla (even though it's more like an empanada) trio was actually pretty good - our waiter had to sour the only really good dish by describing which quesadilla was which improperly (he identified the shrimp quesadilla as the mushroom quesadilla)... par for the course... the shrimp tacos were overwhelmed by the sauce they served them with... the best part of the meal was actually the dessert, the pumpkin flan - which they brought us to apologize for the 35 minutes we sat without any food in between the apps & entrees... after the meal was done, i left full but unsatisfied.

  • Mercadito

    Posted by Huge Mexican Food Fanatic on 12/13/2005

    Great Food, Tiny Portions, Too expensive

    I recently went here for the first time with a bunch of friends and I have to agree with the majority of the reviews that say the portions are small, not quite as tiny as the review that said the tacos are silver dollar sized, but the tortillas they are made on are about 3.5 inches diameter, not the typical corn tortilla size of about 6 inches and you get three of them per plate at $13.50 per plate, that's just too much money. I could eat at least two plates, plus appetiser by myself and probably still be hungry. And when I consider that I can get REALLY good, REALLY authentic Tacos on my corner in Staten Island for 2-3 dollars each and be stuffed after two or three at most, it's just not worth it. Of course the atmosphere is much nicer than my corner taqueria, and the food a little more interesting, but still.... I opted for the Ceviche sampler since I get tacos all the time and again they were all delicious, but too much money for the quantity of food. You get three small plates with about a half cup (maybe slightly more) of ceviche on each. I wound up spending $35 on dinner and left hungry and that upsets me.

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